The signs of dyslexia go beyond abilities of decoding symbols. The International Dyslexia Association covers some of the other common problems people with dyslexia encounter including memorizing number facts, learning a foreign language, and correctly doing math operations. Check out their website for signs of dyslexia among adults, very young children, and older children.
If you have hired, or if you are, a content manager or editor whose native language is not English, please read this report from Search Engine Watch. The report spells out how misspellings can hurt online sales, stating that it’s not important if the author isn’t concerned with the spelling. What really matters is the website visitor’s opinion. Specifically alarming is is the fact that your visitors will equate good spelling and grammar with legitimacy.
Accurate spelling and good grammar are equated with legitimacy, if not consciously then subconsciously. Some of us may be more aware of this sentiment when it is expressed in the negative: Bad spelling and bad grammar are cause for suspicion. For example, what’s the first clue a piece of email from a stranger is a scam? Many people would say it’s the bad spelling and grammar.
The article is also helpful by providing tips for avoiding such costly mistakes.
Don’t rely on spell checkers. The above heading passes a spell check with flying colors. Spell checkers can be a big help, especially those that flag errors as you type, but they just don’t have the human intelligence required to know which words you should be using.
Use multiple human editors. I don’t know any serious writers who believe they can reliably copy edit their own work. As the writer you tend to see what you think you wrote, not what characters ended up on the page. In a pinch, “multiple human editors” can mean the person writing the copy and one other person, but three sets of eyes are better than two.
Make sure your graphics people use the spellchecker in Photoshop for any images that include words. They need to use it before rasterizing the text layer. Editing typos in flattened image files is a real pain so check before you save to JPEG, GIF, or PNG.
If you are an ESL student, you should know what your instructors’ goals are when grading. Some might focus more on content rather than on accuracy. If your instructor looks more at content and less on grammatical accuracy, ask them what areas you can improve. There is always room for improvement whether it is working on native English phrasing, choosing the right diction to present the intended meaning, or using the most appropriate verb tense.
Irregular plural nouns break the rules when it comes to using apostrophes.
For regular plural nouns, the apostrophe goes after the -s. An example would be:
I don’t like that dining room set because the chairs’ legs are iron.
But irregular plurals will rarely have an -s to indicate more than one, such as in the word people, children, men, and women. In this case, since there is no -s on the word, add the apostrophe as you would on a singular verb, but keep in mind that they are still plural.
The People’s Court (the court belongs to all the people)
The Children’s Room (the room belongs to more than one child)
The Men’s Section (the section has clothes for men)
The Women’s Department (the department has items for women)
Sometimes you will see Ladies’ Department. That is correct, too. The word lady is not irregular.
I’d much rather be gardening and planting that writing this post, or a resume for that matter. Just as you may have just graduated and need to leave the nest, or lost your job and need to work hard to keep your nest egg, wherever you are coming into the job market from, it’s important to keep updating your resume. Here’s a link to great resume writing tips. I also suggest some of the following ideas:
Resumes are like gardens that need constant tending. Don’t let the weeds grow. What might have been relevant experience 5 or 6 years ago might need rewording.
Add annuals to your garden of experience. Don’t lie, and don’t embellish, but what might have seemed like a one-time project can really add depth to your job description. It’s not always about how long you did a job, but how successful your performance was.
Be trendy. Documents are like fashion…the trends change. Don’t just update the content (what you have done/are doing); make sure your style, font, and organization of information is in line with modern resume styles. This is especially true if you have been in one place for a long time and are looking for something new. It’s also important if you are older and looking to compete with a younger generation.
Use the most accessible format for your document. For example, I once sent a document in a PDF to New Mexico and was told to reformat it in Word because they “didn’t have that program.” If you’re sending your resume to a different country, the standards for formatting might be more behind or more advanced than yours. It might be worth looking into.
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To the guy who inspired me to write this, and you know who you are, keep your spirits up! The right job is right around the corner!
When do you use the word healthy? When is healthful correct? Jennifer LaRue Huget from the Washington Post has a good answer.
My understanding has been that the word “healthful” means “contributing to the state of good health,” whereas “healthy” means “enjoying the state of good health.” Hence: “Eating healthful foods can help make a person healthy.”
Learning how to express the appropriate times of the day can be tricky. Morning, afternoon, evening, and night. There are some cultural or practical differences in when some begin and some end.
I think a lot of the difference comes from the time we go to bed or wake up. For example, I couldn’t sleep the other night. I accidentally woke my husband up after getting some water. He said, “I don’t want to go to the gym this morning.” I said, “You mean tomorrow morning…right now it’s 2:00 at night.” I used the word “night” because I hadn’t slept yet. He used the word “morning” because he had just woken up.
Strictly scientifically speaking, however, you would say that the morning begins at 12:00 a.m. However, if you see someone at a night club at 12:05 a.m., you don’t say, “Good morning” to them, but saying “good morning” would be accurate by this a.m./p.m. rule.
We need the generalities, however, because it gives us some guidance about which phrase is the most appropriate. Try these categories:
from the time the birds start chirping until you go to work: This time is morning, but also referred to as early morning. Early morning ends around 9:00 a.m.
from the time you start work until you have lunch: You can safely call anytime you’re working before 11:59 a.m. morning.
from the time you have lunch until you leave the office: A typical lunch hour in America is between 12 and 1 p.m. Because it’s now p.m., it’s no longer morning. The afternoon begins at 12:01 p.m., but if it’s 12:00 p.m. people still say “Good afternoon”, even though, technically, 12:00 p.m. is noon.
from the time you leave the office until you eat dinner: This time is the evening. Notice I’m not putting an exact time here because I think the transition between afternoon and evening is difficult to define, and many people have different times they eat. If I had to pick a time, though, I would say the evening takes place between 5 and 8 p.m.
from the time you eat dinner until you change for bed: This time is usually considered night. It’s dark, the homework and the housework are done. We’re winding down, getting very, very sleepy.
the time you are in bed asleep: This time is also called night. When the clock strikes 12:00 a.m., however, it’s not necessarily morning. This time is called late night.
Every time you use the wordI, as in the singular first person subject pronoun, the word needs to be capitalized. If you’re contracting the word I with am, have, had, would, etc., I still needs to be capital.
It should also be noted that proper nouns, including the names of products, are usually capitalized. I said usually because Apple makes several products whose names begin with the lower-case i.
When writing the name of your Apple product, even though it is the name of a product (proper noun), and even though the name contains the pronoun I, you are allowed, on these isolated instances, to use a lower-case i.
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